Man, 40, shot and killed in East Chicago

2013-12-20T19:03:00Z 2013-12-21T00:25:17Z Man, 40, shot and killed in East ChicagoTimes Staff nwitimes.com
December 20, 2013 7:03 pm  • 

EAST CHICAGO | A 40-year-old East Chicago man who served time for a murder he committed in the city in the 1990s was shot and killed there early Friday.

James Currie, of the 3400 block of Guthrie Street, was pronounced dead at 6 a.m. Friday, the Lake County coroner's office said.

The cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds suffered in a homicide.

The fatal shooting occurred in the 3500 block of Block Avenue.

Lt. Marguerite Wilder, of the East Chicago Police Department, said Currie and his girlfriend were returning home from a night out around 3 a.m. when two men approached and started shooting.

Wilder said the city's ShotSpotter gunshot location system alerted them to the gunfire as did numerous calls from residents.

Currie was fatally wounded. His girlfriend was not injured, Wilder said.

The two men fled from the scene and remain at large. The girlfriend was not able to provide a clear description of the suspects, Wilder said.

The Region STOP team was deployed to the area and will be canvassing the neighborhood for more information related to the homicide, she said.

The Region STOP team, created this fall, is composed of investigators from Hammond, East Chicago, Gary and the Lake County Sheriff's Department and conducts patrols and other law enforcement duties in an effort to deter crime.

Currie served 16 years in prison for the 1994 shooting death of Eric Thompson, 20, of East Chicago. Currie shot Thompson in the Harbor section of the city after Currie's cousin, William Reid, also of East Chicago, told him someone fired at him.

Reid pointed out Thompson as the person who shot at him. Currie shot and killed Thompson, whom police said was not the person who shot at Reid.

Currie was sentenced to serve 30 years in prison and was released in December 2011.

Reid also was convicted of murder and sentenced to 42 years in prison. Reid is serving his sentence at the Indiana State Prison. His earliest possible release is August 2015.

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